Rebuilding a Cary NC Ranch Home


We sold this home 

3400 Square Feet


 We Bought This Home

1500 Square Feet 

Both of these homes are located in the Preston subdivision in Cary, North Carolina.   Preston is a beautiful golf course community in Cary with 54 holes of golf and over 2400 homes.We are in the process of totally rebuilding this home to fit our comfort and lifestyle.  We would like to share our experience and progress with you via our blog.  Let’s start with the kitchen:




Here is the original kitchen.  Notice the wall on the left side is an 8 foot wall (ceiling is 15 ft), which currently angles out into the great room.





 Here is another view of the kitchen showing the cabinets, appliances, and pergo flooring.   






One of the features of the original kitchen we do like is the transom windows above the cabinet space.  We have 9 transom windows located throughout the house and we are adding one more.







Here is how the kitchen looks now.  Notice the entire left side wall has been removed.







 As you can see from the extent of the demo,we are basically starting from scratch with the new kitchen design.   Our largest challege here is simply one of space planning.  How to maximize the efficiency of the  area so we end up with adequate counter, cabinet, and pantry space. 


As you can see from pictures, there was nothing we chose to save from the original kitchen.  We love the location in the home, but the angles and the layout do not work for our new design.  All of the cupboards, countertops and appliances were donated to Habitat for Humanity.
 We want a kitchen design that accommodates our new lifestyle.  We like a sophisticated but casual look.  This means ditching the formal dining room and throwing away our silver (never had any silver to throw away).
 With the guidance of Carroll Cope, our designer, we found a layout that works for us.  This includes a large island that will line up with the front hall wall rather than the previous one that jutted into the living space.  The island will be all one level and include a porcelain apron sink, dishwasher and trash/recycle bins.  The island will also provide seating for six and wonderful counter space.  All of this will open into our great room.
 Along the two walls there will be two built in pantries.  One pantry will be for food and the other will house our microwave, toaster and large serving pieces.
 The real sticking point for me was that I did not want a stainless steel kitchen.  Nor did I want any wall ovens.  When finished, I wanted a very integrated look.  With the exception of the range, all of the appliances will flow with the cupboards.  They will be the same depth as the counters and will be finished with matching wood panels and the same hardware as the cupboards. 
 The biggest decision for the kitchen was the appliances.  I have spent several months considering several different options.  Stayed tuned because the decision I made are with some brands that are unique and not readily recognizable.  


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